The October 18th Yolo Audubon meeting will feature Frank Fogarty, an ecology doctoral student at the University of California, Davis, who will present a talk on the natural history and ecology of Great Basin birds, with a focus on his research in riparian communities.
In the central Great Basin, montane riparian areas exist as small islands within the larger, arid landscape. Although riparian areas cover less than 1% of the total land area in the Great Basin, more than 50% of breeding bird species in the region are associated with riparian habitats. These riparian areas occur mostly in canyons, either along the canyon bottom or in the form of seeps, and the total area of riparian vegetation in individual canyons can vary by orders of magnitude. Frank will discuss his recent work evaluating the extent to which the total area of riparian vegetation and the degree of fragmentation of this riparian area explains both variation in breeding riparian bird species richness and the likelihood that a given riparian species is present in a given canyon.
The Yolo Audubon meeting will be held at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis, from 7:30 to 9 pm on October 18th. The meeting is open to the public, and people are invited to arrive at 7 pm for conversation and refreshments.